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MONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News)
About six in 10 U.S. workers who’ve been hospitalized for an injury return to their jobs, but physical disabilities and financial struggles are common, researchers say.
For the study, investigators analyzed federal survey data from trauma patients who were hospitalized with injuries between 2008 and 2017. The patients completed the surveys about seven weeks, on average, after leaving the hospital.
Nearly 60% returned to their jobs, but more than half had medical debt, and close to one-quarter went without additional care because they couldn’t afford it, the study authors said.
“Today, the overwhelming majority of trauma patients survive to be discharged, which allows us to think bigger and say, ‘Hey, this is a patient’s life I’m trying to save. It’s not just their beating heart,'” said study author Dr. Pooja Neiman. She is a research fellow at the